Kirk Ferentz says CB Manny Rugamba won’t play in Outback Bowl

Sep 24, 2016; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights wide receiver Janarion Grant (1) is tackled by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Manny Rugamba (during the first half at High Points Solutions Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa’s defense is going to be without its freshman cornerback in the Outback Bowl.

On Tuesday, Kirk Ferentz confirmed that Manny Rugamba will miss the game due to a shoulder injury he sustained in the season finale against Nebraska. He was a starter in the Hawkeyes secondary and has been considered by some to be the next Desmond King for Iowa.

This is another blow for Iowa’s defense, who will also be without Greg Mabin, who will be sidelined with a broken leg. Josh Jackson is expected to start in place of Rugamba.

Rugamba tallied 19 tackles, two interceptions, four pass break-ups and forced a fumble in his freshman season in Iowa City. His replacement, Jackson, had seven tackles on the year.

Iowa’s defense has lost some key guys, but fortunately, it’ll be pitted against a Florida offense that struggled all season long. The Gators ranked 109th nationally in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game. They also ranked 13th in the SEC in total offensive production.

The Outback Bowl will be played on Jan. 2 and both Iowa and Florida enter the game with a record of 8-4.

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